Favorite Albums

Here is a selection of albums from our precious vinyl collection that we assembled in more than forty years.  Just click on the album covers to get the musicians, track lists, and short reviews.

David Matthews – Super Funky Sax

David Matthews - Super Funky Sax ( GNP Crescendo / 1984 ) Here comes the former James Brown arranger David Matthews with a jazz funk masterpiece that hits the heart of SomehowJazz' music taste and makes it to the top 10 of our favorite album collection. All pieces are...

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Donald Byrd – Street Lady

Donald Byrd - Street Lady ( Blue Note / 1973 ) Out of once in a life time collaboration of Donald Byrd and Larry Mizell, emerged this unique jazz, funk and groove experience that only gets better with time. All the pieces are original compositions, of which "Lansana's...

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Chick Corea – Secret Agent

Chick Corea - Secret Agent ( Polydor / 1978 ) With three studio recordings and two live albums, 1978 was a record breaking year for Chick Corea in terms of productivity. Secret Agent is one of these studio albums with a rich orchestration featuring a horn section and...

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Blood, Sweat & Tears – II

Blood, Sweat & Tears ( Columbia / 1968 ) The amazing voice of David Clayton-Thomas, a fantastic brass arrangement, jazz meets rock, a milestone in music history. "Spinning Wheel", "You Made Me So Very Happy" and especially "God Bless the Child" remain...

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Yellowjackets – Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets - Yellowjackets ( Warner Bros. / 1981 ) This fantastic debut album of the jazz fusion band was first totally underrated, only to be rediscovered after their second release. Robben Ford's great guitar solo on "Rush Hour" remains unbeatable. Also, "Matinee...

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Carla Bley – Heavy Heart

Carla Bley - Heavy Heart ( Watt-ECM / 1984 ) This great contemporary jazz record from 1984, still sounding fresh after so many years, is our favorite Carla Bley album, melodic and light and yet carrying a dark undertone. A jazz orchestration masterpiece as well, all...

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Pat Metheny Group – Offramp

Pat Metheny Group - Offramp ( ECM / 1982 ) An exceptional musician who fits no category but his own, and the album that marked it for good. Offramp is the first studio recording on which Pat Metheny used the guitar synthesizer together with synclavier, and with the...

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Rare Silk – New Weave

Rare Silk - New Weave ( Polydor / 1983 ) The Grammy nominated debut album of Rare Silk, turned out to be the best vocal jazz record of the eighties, still a pleasure to listen. With high-class musicians including Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker and Ronnie Cuber backing...

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Herbie Hancock – Thrust

Thrust - Herbie Hancock ( Columbia / 1974 ) The follow-up album to Head Hunters turned out to be another masterpiece and became just as successful as it's predecessor. The relaxed interplay goes on with almost the same lineup. Only Mike Clark replaces Harvey Mason on...

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Alphonse Mouzon – By All Means

By All Means ( 1981 / PA USA ) One of the corner stones of our record collection. A real jazz funk gem that we never stopped listening since 1981 Featuring the cream of 70's musicians like Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour and Jerry Hey, this intense album is a must have...

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Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow

Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow (Epic / 1975) This all instrumental album, the first under his name, is the trademark of Jeff Beck's unmistakable style. The album is based on his imaginative, blues based soloing, balanced and supported by a powerful ensemble including Max...

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Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (Tamla Motown / 1976) Stevie Wonder's legendary "Songs In The Key Of Life"... What can you write about one of the greatest recordings of the 20th century? That it's a double album of which every song is a masterpiece? That it's...

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Deodato – Prelude

Prelude ( CTI / 1972 ) With this 1972 album, Deodato separates himself from his Brazilian background and sets his trademark artistic arrangement style, combining jazz and groove with symphonic orchestration. " Prelude " is the album that made him an internationally...

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The Crusaders – Crusaders 1

The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 ( Blue Thumb / 1972 ) This album was already a soul jazz treasure when it came out in 1972. A rare recording of which all pieces are favorites, and we rotate almost all of them in Somehowjazz. It's a kind of debut album after they ended...

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George Duke – Feel

George Duke - Feel ( Basf MPS / 1974 ) This is the beginning of George Duke's unique style, the album in which he started "experimenting" as he calls it himself, with synthesizer orchestration. While playing with the huge capacity of electronic keyboards and...

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